What is the dramatic significance of Act I, Scene 1 in Macbeth?

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We also learn that the play will be full of paradoxes.  "Fair is foul and foul is fair"--the witches are planning something funky, and it will be interesting to say the least to se how things will play out.  Macbeth is the hero for now, but will he be for long?  What is Banquo's purpose in this whole paradoxical play?  The battle is won for Scotland, but who loses? 

The themes and mood of the play are set here.  Macbeth has won the battle and the titles, but in the end he will lose because of his ambition.  Banquo is also hero, but not recognized or rewarded as openly and lucratively as...

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smitshah95 | Student

i think u can't write essay type answer without reading the whole play. i will be writing on basis of whole book. Shakespeare has put witches scene in starting of the play. As witches are supernatural element which gives a great impact on viewers, witches are making prediction in the first scene of first act of the play that macbeth will win the battle and they will meet again in thunder, lighting or in rain asked by first witch after their conversation they spoke together "fair is foul and foul is fair" ---> this also predict that macbeth's rule on kingdom. later in the second scene of forth act in the play, this scene is very important and very dramatic, in this secne lady macduff says the same lines "fair is foul and foul is fair" but in different way but means same.Macbeth is a play about lies, deceitful appearances, and evil among other qualities: ambitiousness, lust for power, and manipulation among those. The opening scene gets the audience hooked immediately with this spooky scene.


there can be written more but no time. so please forgive and any clearence on essay and more help on macbeth can email me on smitshah95@gmail.com

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ayantika | Student

firstly to get gud marka secondly to knw d contents properly n thirdly to enhance knowledge

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sparkels | Student
  1. In the play as a whole, people are tossed about by forces that they cannot control, and so it is in the opening scene.

1. Catch of the audience attention \interest by first intro         of witches

2. Build of a mood of morals (good/evil conflict)

3. Thunder and lightening adds to the eerie atmosphere

4. A feel of ambivalence (Ambivalence is a state of having simultaneous, conflicting feelings toward a person or thing.) because of the paradoxes.

5. Weird sisters are first introduced and they let the audience know that they will appear again in the play.

6. Landscape – barren

7. Battlefield signifies battlefield of life

8. The incantations by the witches (fair is foul..) add to the eerie atmosphere

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amitbose | Student

presence of the three witchess,why macbeth has been introduced in this scene,the way Shakespeare presents the in torduction.


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